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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Former student takes plea in murder case

  • A former McPherson College football player entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in McPherson County District Court in the case of the Sept. 16 death of a Tabor College football player.
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  • A former McPherson College football player entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in McPherson County District Court in the case of the Sept. 16 death of a Tabor College football player.
    Dequinte O. Flournoy, 20, of Dallas, pleaded no contest to a charge of aiding and abetting the aggravated battery of Brandon Brown.
    Brown, 26, of California was beaten at an off-campus party in McPherson. He died as result of his injuries.
    As part of a plea agreement, Flournoy agreed to testify against his co-defendant, Alton Franklin, whose trial is set to begin Monday on a charge of aiding and abetting second degree murder.
    Flournoy could face a sentence of 31 to 136 months and a fine not to exceed $300,000 on the aiding and abetting aggravated battery charge. According to McPherson County Attorney David Page, Flournoy has no criminal record and will be eligible for probation. Page said he would not seek a fine.
    Page said he discussed the plea agreement with Brown’s family prior to the hearing on Tuesday, and they were accepting of the terms.
    In court Tuesday, Page said the state would have proven Flournoy and Franklin were at a party in the early morning hours of Sept. 16 at 438 N. Carrie in McPherson.
    Witnesses testified at Flournoy and Franklin’s preliminary hearing that Brown and another Tabor football player were at the party and were asked to leave.
    Witnesses testified shortly after the two left the house, a metal yard sign was thrown through the window of the home.
    According to testimony, an argument ensued between the second Tabor student and the resident of the house.
    The defense alleges Franklin attacked Brown without provocation. Page said Franklin punched Brown in the face and in the cheek, and then Flournoy held him down while Franklin struck Brown in the head.
    Flournoy has been in the McPherson County Jail since his arrest in September. The defense requested and was granted a bond reduction from $250,000 to $5,000. The state did not object to the reduction.
    Judge William “Buck” Lyle described the case as tragic during the hearing on Tuesday.
    “Someone died,” Lyle said. “I can’t imagine being involved in something like that. I am sorry for the family. It’s sad. They sent their son to college, and the next this family knows, they are at a funeral because of the actions of a few individuals, and you are one of them.
    “I think you are getting quite a bit of slack from the state,” Lyle said to Flournoy concerning the plea agreement.
    Flournoy’s sentencing has been set for 11:30 a.m. June 3.

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